The Agency was founded in 1919 by Charles F. Hix, Sr. and operated under the name of Charles F. Hix Insurance Agency in association with the Estes Park Bank. In 1979, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Hix Jr. formed a new corporation (Hix Insurance Associates, Inc.) and purchased the agency and removed it from the bank corporation.
Early in 1980, the agency moved to the present suite of offices in the U.S. Bank building in Estes Park. The name of the Agency was changed to the DBA’s of Insurance Associates of Estes, Inc. for Estes Park and Insurance Associates of Boulder, Inc. for the Boulder operation and the principals embarked on an expansion program through sales and acquisitions.
By 1989, the 70th anniversary of the Agency, Insurance Associates had grown into one of the largest property and casualty agencies in Northern Colorado with seven offices. The spring of 1990 brought many changes. It was decided by the board of directors to consolidate some of the smaller offices into the Estes and Boulder locations and sell the Loveland and Brighton offices.
In 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Hix, Jr. retired from an active role in the agency and turned the management over to Shelley K. Doggett in the Estes Park office, and to Charles F. Hix, III in the Boulder office. In 1993, the board of directors decided to change the DBA name back to the original corporate name of Hix Insurance Associates, Inc. for the Boulder location. Shelley and Charles completed the purchase of the Agency in 2001.
In 2011, Shelley Doggett and Charles Hix formed a new corporation, F&W, Inc. and purchased the Earl McFarland Insurance Agency aka VFIS of Colorado. With this purchase, the Windsor office of Mr. McFarland was closed and moved into the Boulder location. The new company assumed the employees currently working for VFIS of Colorado. In 2012, the Agency was able to assume the name Insurance Associates, Inc. from the previous owner and the Agency dropped “Hix” from Boulder and the “of Estes” from the Estes Park locations bringing both offices under one name, Insurance Associates, Inc.
The Agency has a staff of more than 25 between the Boulder and Estes Park locations and F&W Insurance. All agency operations including claims, accounting, and policy management are fully automated. The Agency continually updates their computer systems to provide better service for their clients. Being able to provide immediate summaries of their policies, premiums or losses to their clients upon request is very valuable. The Agency’s mission is to provide insurance and financial services for businesses and individuals. The Agency is committed to a high level of service through a dedicated, trained and licensed staff of associates, sharing a goal of innovative and creative solutions for their clients’ needs.
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